Morning at the Range

Having spoken about my new rifle and my new scope separately, it is now time to talk about them together.

I was able to take them up to the gun club and sight in the new scope on the 25 yard rimfire range. Using a box of Winchester Wildcat .22 long rifle with 40 grain bullets, my first shots were pretty well centred, but 5 inches low. It didn’t take much to bring the group into the centre of the bull. The dials on the Nikon seem quite accurate; and the scope itself is very bright and clear. The bolt action of the Ruger functioned smoothly every time and the trigger is crisp.

My initial groups were three shot and then I moved up to 5 shot groups as I got closer to my desire point of impact. None of my groups was larger than an inch at 25 yards. By the time that I had shot through the box of ammo, the groups were generally ragged holes which could be covered with a dime. Any shots not covered by the coin were definitely shooter error: I knew it the minute that I had pulled the trigger (and the rifle).

The more shooting that was done, the smaller the group size. Now, whether this was due to the rifle settling in or the shooter settling in, I don’t know for sure. Probably, it was a bit of both. The rifle and I simply need to spend more time together.

The bottom line: I’m happy with both my choice of rifle and my choice of scope.

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About Tweed and Briar

I am the pastor of a rather conservative rural congregation. My interests alongside of work are hunting, fly fishing, cooking, and life in an agricultural community. By way of family, I have a wife and two children: a daughter and a son. I am of indeterminate age because my wife is a bit younger than I am and my son is ages with some of my friends’ grandchildren. However, to say that I slip smoothly among the generations would imply an agility which I no longer possess. I aspire to the genteel poverty of the country manse.
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2 Responses to Morning at the Range

  1. I’m glad you’re happy, because you can dream about the next gun for a long time. 🙂

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